Teeth chip when a force hits them with enough impact to cause the enamel or inner layers to break off. Front teeth are at the most risk for an impact, but back teeth can be chipped by hard foods like candy or bones hidden in a piece of meat. Sometimes, people who have just had dental work done are more susceptible to chipped teeth. If your tooth has a chip but it doesn’t feel painful or uncomfortable, it’s likely that just the enamel has broken off. If your tooth is much more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures than usual, the chip is more severe and has probably exposed the inner layer of the tooth. You should always schedule an appointment with your dentist if you chip a tooth. While you wait for your appointment, here are a few steps to take to prevent further damage:
Take Self-Care Measures
Before you visit the dentist, take some self-care measures to ease the pain and prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged. Rinsing out your mouth with a saltwater mixture will help kill bacteria in your mouth and prevent an infection. Take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or any other over-the-counter painkiller to reduce pain. Clove oil can also relieve pain from a chipped tooth. Soak a piece of cotton in a few drops of the oil, and gently apply it to the tooth for about 10 seconds.
Cover the Tooth
If your chipped tooth is jagged or sharp, you should cover it to prevent it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your mouth. You can cover it with a piece of sugar free gum or wax paraffin. Try to keep it covered at all times before you get it treated.
Keep the Chip
If you’re able to find the chip, keep it in a plastic baggie. Add a couple drops of water to the bag or wrap the chip in damp gauze to keep it moist. If a large piece of your tooth has broken off, hold the piece under your tongue until you get it treated. Your Oshawa dentist may be able to bond the chipped piece back onto your tooth.
Eat Soft Foods
Avoid hot and cold foods and drinks if your tooth feels sensitive. Try to only eat soft foods before getting the tooth treated. Biting down on hard or crunchy foods with your chipped tooth can be painful and can make the chip worse. Overall, you should be extremely careful with the chipped tooth and treat it with care before you get it fixed.